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Detroit’s Home Opener Will Be Against The Columbus Blue Jackets

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the home opener for the 2018-19 regular season, the franchise’s 93rd campaign in the National Hockey League, is set for Thursday, Oct. 4 when the Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena.

The Red Wings have won five-straight home openers, including last season’s 4-2 win on Oct. 5, 2017 against Minnesota, marking the first game played at the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena. Detroit holds a 51-31-9-0 record all time in home openers. The Red Wings have never opened their home schedule against Columbus.

Promotions for the home opener will be announced at a later date. The complete NHL 2018-19 regular season schedule will be revealed live on NHL Network on Thursday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m.

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added 2:52pm, Don't recall the Wings releasing a promo video for the home opener.

Times are changing.

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Will The Philadelphia Flyers Move Wayne Simmonds?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

While exploring trade options for the Minnesota Wild, Michael Russo of the Athletic wrote, according to multiple sources, "the Flyers are gearing to potentially trade ."

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, however, told the Cherry Hill Courier-Post he's looking to add to his roster this off-season. “There’s 30 other teams trying to win and we’re trying to win,” he said. “We gotta try a little bit harder in every area.

“We’d love to add a top player whether it be free agency or trade. We’ll try. If we can’t, we can’t and we’ll move forward.”


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Austin Watson Charged With Domestic Assault

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from Natalie Neysa Alund of The Tennessean,

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been charged with domestic assault, Franklin police said Wednesday.

Watson, 26, of Nashville, was arrested at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday in the 1400 block of Murfreesboro Road, said police Lt. Charles Warner.

As of Wednesday he was free on a $4,500 bond and due in court next week on the domestic assault charge.


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Jimmy Devellano Before The Draft

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“We’re now where the Leafs were three or four years ago,” Wings’ senior vice-president Jim Devellano acknowledged. “We’re a team badly in need of a rebuild. We realize it’s not an accident we’re picking sixth. Obviously, we hope to get a player who can make it in a year or two. And we have Vegas’ pick at 30th and 11 picks in the seven rounds.

“It’s what the Leafs did a couple of years ago (strip down the roster for picks). We’ve kind of copied that and hope we can get some players. Toronto is drafting 25th, so whatever they do in Dallas, it ain’t helping them for three or four years. They know that.”

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What Did The Ottawa Senators Receive In The Mike Hoffman Trade?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

So, what do we make of the Ottawa Senators exchanging a speedy, highly-talented, but largely one-dimensional high-scoring winger for a speedy, moderately-talented, but largely one-dimensional average-scoring winger?

Well, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion could have done a lot worse, considering the circumstances.

If we go by Mikkel Boedker’s track record, he’ll probably finish with between 13 and 20 goals and with between 30 and 40 points in the 2018-19 National Hockey League season.

We can also expect many extended goal-scoring slumps. Last season alone, he had droughts of nine games, eight games, 12 games and 10 games without a goal.

In very simplistic terms, Boedker is Mike Hoffman-Lite. Out goes a first-line/second-line winger, in comes a second-line/third-line winger.


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LA Kings Will “Do What It Takes” To Sign Drew Doughty

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from Dan Greenspan at NHL.com,

The Los Angeles Kings expect to sign defenseman Drew Doughty to a contract extension during the offseason, general manager Rob Blake said Tuesday.

"We're under the understanding we're going to do what it takes to get Drew signed," Blake said. "That's our understanding here."

Blake said he has spoken to Doughty about the timing of negotiations. The 28-year-old defenseman and the Kings can begin discussing an extension July 1.

Doughty's eight-year contract, which he signed Sept. 29, 2011, expires after next season, when he can become an unrestricted free agent. If Doughty does sign an extension, it would start in the 2019-20 season.


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Excitement Growing In Buffalo

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Friday night in Dallas, Botterill will step to the microphone and announce to the world what is widely known – Rasmus Dahlin will be the No. 1 overall pick of the NHL draft, and a new era of the Blue and Gold will be upon us.

The Swedish defenseman will be anointed the new savior just over two months after the end of an embarrassing 62-point season that saw the franchise finish last in the NHL for the third time in five years.

"It's an exciting time for our organization, and our staff has put in a lot of time to go through the process for this pick," Botterill told The Buffalo News. "It comes after a year where you can hardly be excited about our results, but we know we're getting a very good player that will hopefully have a lot of success with our organization in the future.

"Friday in Dallas will be a good celebration for us and the player," Botterill said. "Then after that, it will be time to keep discussing how he will fit in, how we will put him in the best position to succeed."

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At This Time Artemi Panarin Is Not Interested In Negotiating A Contract Extension

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from Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

Things happen fast in hockey, including the offseason.

That became clear Tuesday afternoon, when a tweet by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman about Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin caused an instant commotion in NHL circles.

Friedman tweeted that Columbus is now testing the trade market for Panarin - who has a year left on his contract - in response to him reportedly telling the Jackets he's not interested in negotiating an extension yet.

Jarmo Kekalainen, the Blue Jackets' general manager, responded with a statement.

"Artemi is an elite National Hockey League player," the statement said. "Our position has been that we want him to be a Blue Jacket for many years and that has not changed. He has a year left on his contract, so there is plenty of time to work towards that end. Should anything change moving forward, we will address it at that time and any decision we make will be in the best interest of our club."


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The Latest On Martin Frk

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Martin Frk may yet have a future with the Detroit Red Wings, but he will not receive a qualifying offer from the team.

Frk, 24, is a restricted free agent. He made $650,000 last season, and would have to be qualified at 110 percent of that by June 25 for the Wings to retain his rights. However, Frk has arbitration rights, and by risking going before an arbitrator, the Wings could end up paying more than $715,000 for Frk for a one-year contract....

He is an engaging player with a booming, right-handed shot, but where, for example, Alex Ovechkin always seems to find a hole, Frk tends to miss the net or the puck hits a player.

The Wings might offer Frk a contract as a free agent, but he could also explore going elsewhere. One possible destination is Dallas, where Frk’s former coach with Grand Rapids, Todd Nelson, is now an assistant coach.

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Many Teams Showing Interest In Erik Karlsson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

There are many teams around the NHL who believe that Karlsson could soon follow Hoffman out the door, maybe even this week as the league descends on Dallas for the draft.

Karlsson has been locked in at No. 1 on TSN’s Trade Bait board since February. Already at the top of the list, there is no way for No. 1 to trend upward but the talk on Karlsson is expected to drastically heat up in the coming days.

The Karlsson Watch is on.

Karlsson, 28, holds the keys to how this all plays out – armed with both a 10-team no-trade list and the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract, the destination must be a long-term fit. It’s unlikely any team would shell out significant assets without at least getting the green light from Karlsson’s camp on a potential new contract.

The Vegas Golden Knights remain at the centre of the Karlsson Watch, the team that went down to the wire with the Senators on deadline day in February.

more, includes Top 25 Trade Bait board too...

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